Dick Cheney was so sure that he was going to die in 2010 that he said his goodbyes to his family and told them to have his body cremated, according to his new book about his battle with heart disease.
The New York Times reports that the former vice president writes in “Heart: An American Odyssey” that he was at peace with the realization that his life was coming to an end. “If this is dying, I remember thinking, it's not all that bad,” Cheney writes.
Cheney had a heart transplant at 71 that has revitalized him. But he has suffered five heart attacks, the first at age 37.
He wrote his new book with his cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner, and is planning appearances on “60 Minutes,” the “Dr. Oz Show,” and the “Today” show to discuss it.
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Mr. Cheney says his survival was possible because of medical innovation. “The health care system that produced such rapid development and has driven the dramatic reduction in the incidence of death from heart disease over the past 40 years is a national treasure and deserves to be preserved and protected,” he writes
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